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What’s one of the most wonderful things your mother did for you?  | March 24, 2022

For me it was something very simple. She bought me a notebook.

When I was in fifth grade, I got sent home with a note to my parents, accusing me of plagiarism.

My parents called me into their room that evening (which was always a bad sign when you were signaled out from your sibs), and they asked me about the poem and where I found it.

I told them I found it in my heart and recited it.

They were dumbstruck.

I went on to be accused numerous times of plagiarism, but not before my mother went out and bought me this wonderful notebook.

It said “Scribbles” and had a pen attached.

From then on, I was off.

And the rest is history.

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6 Comments »

  1. It was 4th grade in 1969 A GREAT YEAR so say the least, but this trouble maker in school thought that HE was going to make me stay home from going on a field trip. So my mom was called to school, & asked the principal AND WHAT HAPPENS TO JOHNNY after he thought he started this fight & his mom was not home to come & pick him up. The principal thought NOTHING was going to happen to this Johnny, he was going because his mom was at work,, LIKE MINE WAS NOT,, but was he ever wrong because of MY MOM, as Johnny was made to stay in the OFFICE AT THE SCHOOL until the bus came back from the trip or his mom came to get him whatever happened 1st. If I would ever see that Johnny again in my life, he may be on a MOST WANTED WATCH/LIST. knowing all of what he was like in 4th grade, as he quit school in 9th grade, with just 1 pic out of 4 yearbooks.

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    Comment by James D — March 24, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

  2. I think he was a case of addition by subtraction.

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 24, 2022 @ 5:42 PM

  3. I was in 2nd grade and my sister was in 5th. We both were tomboys who hated wearing skirts but that was the dress code in public schools back then (late 60s). We decided we didn’t like those nasty boys trying to sneak a peak at our underwear when playing on the monkey bars so we ignored the code and went to school in our jeans and got sent home in disgrace by the principle.
    My mother was outraged, not at us but at the school. She was a bra-burning feminist and saw this as a clear instance of discrimination. Boys could wear jeans but we couldn’t? She took the case to the school board and got the regulations changed for the whole San Diego School District.
    She not only stood up for us, she taught us that you can change the world if you are persistent and make yourself heard.

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    Comment by paleobird — March 24, 2022 @ 6:16 PM

    • I did the same thing!

      When they sent me home from school wearing jeans, my mother asked: “Do you want to take her shopping? I bet you’ll never find a skirt to fit your qualifications!”

      (We had to kneel and have our skirts hit the floor. And no. I did not go to Catholic school.)

      So, the Dean tried to have me suspended. As luck would have it, one day he called my mother proudly and asked if she knew where I was. Assuming that I had skipped school.

      My mother quickly told him I was upstairs in a coma from my epilepsy meds.

      That was the end of him harassing me. And that was the beginning of a change in the dress code. 😉

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 24, 2022 @ 11:17 PM

  4. My mom once got a teacher fired for putting me in a box like thing with a little opening so I could see the chalkboard.

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    Comment by church88 — March 24, 2022 @ 7:06 PM


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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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